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Our next regular meeting will be Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 7pm. 

We currently meet in the private dining room at Casa Maria's South Austin location4327 S 1st St. #102. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. We pay for our own meals and for that of the guest speaker. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.



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February 8th Program

Bradford Jones, Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division, will speak on

Stone Age Peoples of Texas – AD 1554 – 1726
 
For many people, the use of stone tools is the hallmark of primitive peoples. In the Americas, this thinking plays out in popular histories emphasizing the role of steel in the European conquest of the indigenous empires and nomadic bands, for whom stone tools played a predominant role as weapons of war and in everyday life. In Texas archaeology, this mindset can manifest itself as the oversimplification of stone tools as a peculiarly Native American tradition. In this presentation, I use the archaeology and history of the Texas, and particularly the south Texas coast, to look at the role of stone tools in the lives of both the indigenous and European communities. Far from representing material culture from exclusive worlds, stone tools provide an opportunity to break down static notions of indigenous and European identity and reveal the unexpected richness and complexity of human experience that archaeology can uncover.


Biography: Bradford M. Jones has been an archeologist for nine years in the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeology Division (AD). Currently the Curatorial Facility Certification Program Manager and AD’s Collection Manager, Mr. Jones has over 20 years of experience in the archaeology and history of Texas, Ecuador and Peru. In addition, Mr. Jones is an editor and author of the La Belle technical volume and currently working on the analysis and publication of the THC’s excavation of the site of La Salle’s Fort St. Louis and the 1720s location of the Spanish Presidio La Bahia.


               
Images courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission




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